Commander of NATO's Armed Forces in Europe, US General Curtis Scaparrotti gave a high assessment to Russia's new military equipment.
In particular, Scaparrotti praised the Caliber missile system. The general admitted that Russia was modernizing its systems while building new ones for future use. The Russians have modernized their aircraft and vessels for certain and highly efficient means of destruction, the general said.
According to Curtis Scaparrotti, Caliber systems, for example, can be ground-, air- and sea-based. This is a multifunctional system that gives the Russians great coverage, accuracy and so on, the US general admitted.
He also added that Russia was increasing the potential of its nuclear forces in all areas. The potential of the Russian nuclear forces has been improved considerably in comparison with older systems, Curtis Scaparrotti said.
Earlier, speaking at the Armed Services Committee of US Congress, NATO commander in Europe, General Curtis Scaparotti, said that Russia had become an antagonist for the United States.
"A resurgent Russia has turned from partner to antagonist as it seeks to reemerge as a global power," he stated.
Therefore, he stressed, the deterrence strategy towards Russia was highly important for the United States. "Accordingly, we are adjusting our posture, our plans, our readiness, so that we remain relevant to the threats we face," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Pravda.Ru requested an expert opinion from Anatoly Tsyganok, a senior officer at the Institute for Political and Military Analysis.
"US American General Curtis Scaparotti has praised Russia's new military equipment and arms, such as Caliber missiles. What new Russian weapons would you point out? Why do you think the US general makes such statements?"
"Caliber missile complexes used to be developed in the Soviet Union, during the early 1990s. These days, the systems have been modernized and finalized. What the US general said is true, and the Americans can't deny obvious things. When Russian warships of the Caspian Flotilla launched Caliber missiles for 1,500 kilometers on the positions of the Islamic State in Syria, the USA was shocked. A day later, a submarine, also armed with Caliber missiles, struck terrorists in Syria again. The US was shocked again. The Americans were shocked for the third time, when they saw a long-distance bomber armed with Caliber missiles again. All those maneuvers have showed the world Russia's highly efficient and powerful missile weapons."
"What about tanks?"
"Of course! We have excellent state-of-the-art tanks. It is very important for the Americans that Russia has developed its own platform. At the same time, having recognized Russia's military power, the Americans will do their best to restore their own military power. The USA does want to become world's first military power. Yet, it will take them a while to develop new tanks and other systems."
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